The Horton Technique
Saturday July 9, 16 @ 1-3PM
This is a timeless technique and instructor Ellen Gorman, a member of the Pulse Performing Arts Faculty, hopes to help keep the legacy alive. Come join the exploration through a genuine, yet gentle approach to this strength building, body aligning, and powerfully captivating technique.
In a Dance Teacher Magazine article by Jenny Dalzell, Ana Marie Forsythe describes the Horton technique as, “invaluable in creating strong, long and versatile dancers. The technique has a huge range of dance vocabulary that explores many areas of the body.” In this class we will explore the fundamentals of the Horton technique, which can also be found in Jazz dance. Classic Horton warm-up and shapes such as flat-backs, table position, the hinge, laterals, tilts, and T-position, will be taught, as well as Horton barre and a few examples from Horton’s 17 fortifications. This class will help dancers to move from their pelvis and discover the lengthening of the spine through breath and release. Many ballet dancers find this technique helpful through the use and understanding of parallel.
Bio: Ellen, graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance from Adelphi University.
Ellen trained extensively in the Lester Horton Technique with Regina Larkin and personal coaching from Carmen De Lavallade. Ellen’s Ballet training was with the late Rebecca Wright, principal dancer and teacher for ABT, and Frank Augustine, former principal dancer of the Canada National Ballet Company. She performed the role of “the chosen one” in Joyce Trisler’s, Le Sacre du Printemps – which can be seen on a DVD of the Lester Horton Technique with Ana Marie Forsythe. She has been teaching the Horton Technique for over 15 years throughout NY, CT and MA.
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Photos by: Ed Collier